I thought it was time for an update of
the family garden. A few plants were bare root shipped last fall, so it is exciting to see them popping up. Both Paeonia 'Charlie's White' and Paeonia 'Rachel' came last fall and I crossed my fingers that they would be happy in the family garden hill. My quest for finding 'Charlie's White' was a long one, finally found it in stock at a nursery just outside of Charlottesville, VA. The closer you live to the place from which you order, the more likely your plant material will do well in your location.
Paeonia 'Rachel' was also purchased online, but the place was in Olympia WA. 'Rachel' is smaller than 'Charlie' right now. Could be the variety or could be the different area of the country. 'Charlie' is a white bloom, 'Rachel' is red.
Additionally, I stumbled on another 'Janet' earlier this month. OF COURSE I bought it! It was through our locally grown farmer's market. My buddy Julie from Garden Delights was the seller. She is such a sweetie, she shared couple more! Lathyrus odora 'Janet Scott', Sweet Pea. I have 'Janet' growing next to Rebecca, so she can use the trellis as well.
I found a Croc in the woods in the lot next to us last fall and ventured in once the colder weather came. I also have an old pair of Crocs that I broke. All three of these have been in the garage over the winter, waiting for me to do something with them.
Today I decided to harvest a few of the various sedum and other succulents I have in the garden. We have an old tree stump along the edge of the garden in the backyard...perfect spot for the lone Croc.
Another 'person' in the garden I wanted to share is Admiral Semmes, one of my native azaleas. Rhododendron 'Admiral Semmes' is blooming now and seems to be very happy with his planting location. Bold color and fragrance as well, can't beat it!
Fragrance in the front yard with Admiral Semmes. Fragrance in the backyard with Fothergilla 'Mt. Airy'. If you don't have Fothergilla in your garden, you are missing out. This honey scented bloom is outstanding in the spring and the fall color is out of this world.
As I was working in the backyard before the rain, I couldn't figure out what fragrance I was smelling, the Edgeworthia are about done, so it wasn't them. This bloom is really a sweet one to have. Buy it, buy it now!!
So, once Alexander the Great is added to the garden I will do another update. Are YOU planning a family garden?
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